"Wherever man has left his footprints in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization, we find the hoofprint of a horse beside it."
I've always had a passion for photography; capturing beautiful landscapes and memories from travels. I also have an intense passion for animals and try to communicate their beauty through my photography. My subjects are predominately horses ( it's no secret that horses are the most magnificent animal on earth...at least to the horse lover) with cats and cows a very close second.
I prefer photographing animals in their natural environment; presenting their own poses although this can present as a challenge at times, I admit, especially with horses. The end result can be quite effective. With horses, as with most animals one needs to learn flexibility as well as patience and creativity. This can mean low angle shots and getting down on your knees.
Title: The Group of Five
Tim Corner, John Pritchard, Karen Pritchard, Jane De Greef and Carolyn Maxwell
Mon - Fri: 12 pm - 7 pm
Sat: 12 pm - 5 pm
Sun: 12 pm - 5 pm
Tim Corner firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday April 4
Noon - 3 pm
THE GROUP OF FIVE
Tim Corner, John Prichard, Karen Prichard, Jane De Greef, and Carolyn Maxwell are pleased to announce that our Spark Photo Festival Display will be at The Royal Gardens Retirement Residence in Peterborough this year.
The dictionary defines a photograph as a positive print, recorded by a camera and reproduced on a photosensitive surface. We tend to think of it as a recording of something we see that has the potential to be pleasing and make it better. Something we have not seen before and may never see again.
Our individual goals are to give ourselves that warm feeling that comes with doing something to the best of your abilities, while doing something we enjoy. We are not professionals, just five individuals who wish to share enjoyment with you and for you to see what you wish to see in each photograph on display. Think of the person who trudged through the deep snow to take a picture of a lone milkweed that has opened. Photographs are a way of returning your memories to you at a later date.
Photographers can tell you stories with each picture they display. Each participant here, although the subjects may vary, tend to have a passion for a special subject, it may be wildlife, flowers, landscapes, etc. We are pleased to present to you only some of the thousands of pictures we each have. In our view, they are some of our best (to our eyes), that we can offer you. We hope they are of interest and give you that warm feeling on a cold winter’s day, they gave to us taking them.
Thank You – The Group
Jim Babbage, Lens-Based Artist
I fell in love with photography nearly 4 decades ago, the summer before I started journalism school, when my father gave me his first 35mm camera as a graduation present. It was a simple camera; it didn’t even have a built-in light meter. I didn’t care; an entirely new world had just opened up in front of me.
After college, my passion to share knowledge and make photographs led me to long-lasting careers in those areas as both a college professor and creative professional. Several years into my professional photographic career, I opened Photoshop for the first time and once again, a new world opened up for me. I became immersed in the world of digital, and soon began designing for the web in addition to taking photographs, teaching and writing.
Photography is as much therapy for me as it is a creative outlet.
Theme – Through My Eyes
Photographer Freeman Patterson inspired me as a young photographer and continue to do so. His statement, “A camera always looks both ways,” from his book, Shadowlight has stayed with me all these years. And this show reflects that observation. A good portion of the work here is from the past 5 years photographing the Kawartha region, but I have also selected photographs from other places and times that tell a story – or – invite the viewer to create one.
To see more of my work or to contact me, snap the QR Code with your phone to take you to my website.
Title: Peter Hanmore
M to F 7:30 am to 11 pm
Sat 8:30 am to 11 pm
Sun 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday April 14
3 to 5 pm
A Little About Me...
I started in photography many decades ago while in high school, mostly black and white prints, processed at home in my father's darkroom, which was a great learning experience. I still have my old Olympus OM-2S that I used back in those days but it rarely gets pulled out any more. Digital cameras have been such a godsend to photography. Although I'm not from Peterborough, I've lived here for close to 20 years and love all the things that this area has to offer us. Living so close to the canal I have lots of opportunities to get out in my kayak for a paddle with my camera and have spent many hours photographing the wildlife I encounter on the water.
I enjoy the technical, science-y side of photography - especially lighting - but love the interactive, personal aspects even more. Being able to capture the emotions of an event, activity, personal moment or even the antics of the family pet (I have two adorable fox red labs you'll probably see around the website) is something I strive to deliver in my images.
My style could generally be described as slightly more photo-journalistic in the sense that I like to react to the situation and capture the events as they unfold, whether it's photographing a pet or the excitement of a wedding. Portraits are one area that I'm rather more traditional though. A well-lit, beautifully posed portrait is timeless and allows the photographer to show their subject(s) at their very best.
I'm pretty much a romantic at heart and weddings are the most romantic of occasions. I'll definitely capture the family photos that everyone looks back on years later but I also try to capture the raw emotions and personal moments that can make a memory that last forever.
In a totally different vein, I have to say that I have a lot of fun photographing pets - especially dogs. They become such a big part of our lives and no matter how bad your day was, they always greet you like you're the best thing that's ever happened to them. Sadly, our pets don't live as long as we do and I love being able to share a beautiful memory that can be cherished forever.
Title: Patricia Calder Wildlife Photographer
M to Sat 7 am to 2 pm
Sun 8 am to 2 pm
Wednesday April 17
4 to 6 pm
Meet the Photographer
Every Wednesday at Noon
I have loved photography since I first purchased a Brownie box camera at the age of 16. The play of light through the lens on land and water, the muscles of animals, and the feathers of birds entice me.
I am drawn from country roads to the sight of horses in green fields, birds in leafy bowers, or a red fox near her den.
In September I visited the Great Bear Rainforest in BC and came home with multiple images of Spirit Bears, black bears, and whales breaching. In October I drove into Yukon Territory to photograph landscapes studded with glacial rivers and lakes.
My past travels have taken me to Sable Island (home of the legendary feral horses), Newfoundland (especially Change Islands and Fogo, with the ponies and icebergs), Prince Edward Island (which I called home for 8 years), and Europe (where I rambled for 14 months in my youth).
I must acknowledge the role Northumberland Photo Club has played in my education with the camera and development of images in Lightroom. After a day of shooting, I spend many hours on the computer selecting images for refinement.
I invite you to peruse this collection and perhaps linger over a delicious meal served with care at the Monaghan Café.
Title: Laura Berman Respect
Sat | Sun 11 am to 4 pm
M to F Closed
By appointment email:
Saturday April 6
11 am to 4 pm
My work is an exploration of the interior and emotional life of animals, particularly farm animals. I create an atmosphere of classically dramatic light and space to illuminate my subjects individuality and emotions, offering the viewer the opportunity to recognize that these animals do have inner lives and to see them as ‘some-one’ not as ‘some-thing’.
Through the intersection of photography and painting I am able to create an image that reflects the way my mind and heart understand the scene more fully than with photography alone. My work begins with the literal photograph. I then digitally paint into it using a series of over and underlays, rich colours, light and textures to create an image that is more of a classical portrait rather than a photographic recording. The edited photographs are strikingly different from the original image captured by the camera, creating an emotional impact more real than reality.
Title: Heather Doughty Inspire: The Women’s Portrait Project – Resilience
M to F 9 am to 5 pm
Reception: Thurs April 16, 7 pm
INSPIRE : The Women's Portrait Project - Resilience
INSPIRE founder and photographer Heather Doughty and female-identified survivors of gender-based violence collaborate on a personal journey and photographic exploration of resilience and healing. Through this SPARK Photo Festival Exhibition, in collaboration with Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre,, Heather brings community awareness to the issue of gender-based violence, and the strength and courage of survivors.
For this exhibition, the definition of portrait is in collaboration with the participants who may offer a full body, partial body (e.g. hands, feet, back) portrait in compliment to the biography story and three words synonymous with Inspire: The Women’s Portrait Project.
Title: Cassandra DeFrancesco | Victoria Durrett | Rishabh Sarswat Trent University
Daily 7:30 am to 11 pm
Wednesday April 10
4 to 6 pm
We are a group of graduate students in the Environmental and Life Sciences program at Trent University. Our common interests in science and photography brought us together to present our works showcasing primarily nature and photographs from around the world.
Cassandra picked up her first camera at the age of 12. Since then, her passion for photography grew. She fell in love with capturing moments that are no longer with us but evoke emotion when viewed upon again. Cassandra enjoys capturing the details of everyday life by using macro photography to larger scale landscape photography. You won’t find a shortage of flower or golden hour shots in her photographs.
Victoria (Tori) recently relocated to Ontario from New Hampshire where she first started experimenting with nature photography. She specializes in close-up and single subject photography and pulls her inspiration from the diverse mountain landscapes of New England. She especially loves photographing flowers and animals.
Rishabh was born in Muzaffarnagar, India. He has been working as an Environmental Scientist for the last 10 years in India, South Korea, and now in Canada. He is a Yoga and meditation practitioner and is always fascinated with the colours of nature. His growing up and breathing eastern world reflects, as first thing people notice in his work are the colours. The themes in most of his work are natural landscapes with human presence. He wants to convey the spirituality, colours and emotions he has been a witness of. Science can be overwhelming at times, and he finds therapy in expressing by photography.
Title: David Bigg University of Ottawa - Still Life
Monday to Friday 10 am to 2:30 pm
Friday April 3
6 pm - 10 pm
David Bigg is a photographer, visual artist and musician. He graduated from the Peterborough Integrated Arts Program at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School in 2017 and now studies fine art at the University of Ottawa. He has shown at a variety of venues, including Gallerie 115 in Ottawa, The Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts, Artspace, Black’s Distillery, The Ashburnham Alehouse, and By the Bridge.
Learning about film photography through a course offered at his high school, and through his own experiments with his grandfather’s old OM-1 camera, David quickly became fascinated with the cameras and techniques of times past. His collection of vintage cameras and gear continues to grow - most recently an 1891 Bausch and Lomb Aplanat lens and a 1920 Auto Graflex SLR camera; learning to refurbish equipment like this has taught him many interesting skills. As well, David continues his research into shooting and developing techniques from ages past, while combining them with digital editing and printing techniques in a way that is wholly new.
Recently he has begun a business offering vintage portraits to those who recognize that the “perfection” offered by digital images lacks much of the depth and character achieved by film photography.
Title: Brileigh Hardcastle Ryerson University - The Gardiner: A Reclamation
M to Sat 4 pm to 2 am
Saturday April 27
Brileigh Hardcastle is a Toronto based artist currently in her final year of study of photography at Ryerson University. Interested in topics surrounding absence/presence and issues in urban planning, Brileigh’s work uses a hybrid of documentary and abstract approaches to her subject matter.
Urban expressways are some of the most prominent features of a metropolitan environment. This is especially the case for elevated highways, which serve to reorganize the flow of traffic by making use of the space above and below street level. In Toronto, there are a handful of highways that run in and around the city, but the Gardiner is by far the most prominent. It has been called “the largest and least known civic presence in Toronto”. Being the first major highway in Toronto, the Gardiner was built at a time when the car was deemed a right rather than a luxury.
Today the expressway hides in plain sight as the rest of the city rapidly develops around it. Mimicking the shoreline, it weaves in and around commercial, industrial, and residential areas. As a structure, the expressway spans 18 kilometers in length and is elevated in sections as high as six stories. It occupies over 60 acres of land, not including the land affected by being adjacent to it which encompasses over 100 acres. And yet, its presence is either unacknowledged or forgotten by many.
The Gardiner: A Reclamation embraces a highly subjective approach to seeing the Gardiner Expressway. This project works to depict familiar infrastructure in a way that makes it strange and beautiful. Using various techniques, the photographs transform this monstrosity of a monolith through obscure depictions of the Gardiner. Ranging from documentary to abstract, the images in this series are not limited to a single category of image-making. Together, the photographs work against how we see normally city infrastructure, transforming the Gardiner into something worth documenting for its formal value and aesthetic character.